Birmingham, December 13 – Democrat former United States Attorney Doug Jones defeated former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in the special United States Senate election yesterday. Out of more than 1.3 million votes cast, Jones won by less than 21,000 votes in this state which has not had a democrat U.S. Senator since January 3, 1997, when Howell Heflin retired.
Moore’s loss came at the hands of Republicans who dramatically stayed at home rather than turning out to support the former jurist who faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. A video interview of Moore by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity during July, 2017, in which Moore admitted that he was smitten with the lady who eventually became his wife when she was only 15 years old, was particularly damaging.
Republican voters in urban and suburban neighborhoods around Birmingham and Montgomery had a particularly low turnout.
Clearly, conservative Republican voters expect the Republican Party to stand for good government. Good government does not condone the abuse of power, in which a person, such as Moore who was an Assistant District Attorney or a District Attorney during the time of the alleged sexual misconduct, engaged.
Voters in Montgomery County, Texas, now face a similar situation with JP James Metts who is running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission formally found that Metts made repeated sexual advances towards Delonna Snow, a County government employee who worked in his court office. At one point, when Snow refused Metts’ advances, he threatened to hit her.
On August 4, 2014, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court authorized a settlement payment of $45,000 of taxpayer funds to settle Snow’s lawsuit and charge of discrimination against the County government, after Metts fired Snow for refusing to have sex with him.
Incredibly, Metts is running in the Republican Primary Election against the reformer incumbent Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark and another reformer, Bob Bagley, who presently serves on the Montgomery County Hospital District Board of Directors. Metts is part of the Davenport Ring, the corrupt group of politicians who do the bidding of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport.